BERRY | 2007-02-27 >>>
LP (2007|01|25 Zero Budget Productions)
Special edition before the debut album
It is very likely the first
Czech metal vinyl release this year. What is it? Pretty non orthodox
cover with a logo of Moravian metal band Absurd Conflict and a concert
photo of the vocalist Martin Brnovják (taken in Beograd, Serbia). This
kind of cover suggests that the LP cannot be a commonplace matter.
It is difficult to write about a death metal record, it´s still too
vague indication, it must be specified somehow closer. Absurd Conflict
was founded at the beginning of the 90s and since that time they kept
their death metal very sophisticated, technical and melodical. Melodic
(but uncommercial) death metal with a meaningful lyrics. If that is
any change today, then only towards the better, more precise
The LP I am about to review does not bring really new stuff. It
contains recordings from 2003 (A side) and 2005 (B side). The A side
called "Point Of Crisis" was recorded in a stuio as 4-track promo. But
due to the line up and the management changes in those days (the new
vocalist joined the band) it never fulfilled this purpose. But - this
stuff is so great that it would be a shame to let it dissapear.
The re-mastered 2003 promo is opened by "A tragedy Concept" which
contains all the possible tempo and many different melodies. This
tells us pretty exactly what kind of death metal Absurd Conflict
perform. "Point Of Crisis" is typical for its technical riffs and
Martins´s angry vocals. With a little tolerance, it reminds me the old
Kryptor vocalist - but Martin sings all the time and somehow usually
what was Pípa´s maximum. "Till The End" shows many interesting ideas
and it is impossible to predict what will follow. The listener is thus
kept his/her attention only to the music. The same hold for the final
"Across The Wasteland".
Two years later the band by chance recorded own live performance at
Fantasy Metalfest in Pardubice. This recording is put on B-side called
"Live Crisis". The first three songs are the same as those on A side
so one can easily judge how the band is good in live performance. Well,
very good. Then there are songs "Heroism" from their split CD and the
final and unreleased "No Solution Equation". The sound is not bad at
all (mastered), it sounds authentic and neither too long nor too short
to give the best enjoyment. Last but not least I have to appreciate
very kind communication of the band with the audience.
There are more reasons to be satisfied with this release: it sounds
great, it looks great and it is not a common album, but a special
edition. That also deserves to be pointing out - the band has no
regular album, just a split CD with Depressive Reality and this LP.
The guys feel no pressure, no need to release offical albums, to be
like all the others. If this LP was understood as a debut, I would not
appreciate it that much (not because of the music, but because of the
track list), but to this special edition - I have to say... Bravo!